From the 19th December
2009 every hour with a Professional Driving Instructor will
count as 3 hours in your log book. I have been advised by
the ministers office that lessons prior to this date also
count as 3 hours for one.
After the 19th December
2009 learners over the age of 25 years do not need to fill
in a logbook or complete 120 hours of driving.
1. When can I start
learning to drive?
Once you turn 16yrs you
can attempt the learners test. Once you have passed this
test and been issued with a licence and a log book by the
RTA you can legally start driving on our roads with a
suitably qualified supervising driver.
2. How long are the lessons?
Lessons are usually for
one hour or two
hours in duration. However longer trips can be arranged to
cover mountain and snow driving or city driving in Canberra
3. When is the best time to get professional lessons?
When you first start to drive is usually the best time as
you have not developed poor driving skills and habit it is
easier to correct errors early rather than later when they
have been practised for 120 hours.
4. Can my supervising driver accompany me during the
Supervising drivers are encouraged to sit in on lessons,
they can see what the student is being taught and they can
then help to reinforce what has been taught during formal
driving lessons when conducting practice sessions.
5. Can the holder of current license teach me to drive?
Yes, but it must
be a full Australian licence not a P1 or P2 licence.
6. Should I learn to drive in an Automatic or Manual
Automatic is obviously easier to drive than manual. If you
can practice on either I would tend to recommend you learn
Manual as you can then drive both while on your red P's on
7. Can I be picked up / dropped off at home, work or school?
Yes, Able will
pick up and drop off in the local area but please advise at
the beginning of the lesson if you wish to finish at a
8. How much notice should I give before canceling a lesson?
As much notice as
possible is appreciated as other students are often waiting
for lessons. Remember you may be the next one waiting for a
9. When can I do a defensive or advanced driving course?
At Able you are
taught Defensive Driving techniques from the first lesson
and as you skills progress you will also be taught Advanced
Driving Skills. We also conduct day courses for licenced
drivers who wish to upgrade their skills.
10. Can I Learn in my own car?
You can, but at
Able I prefers to teach in my dual controlled cars which are
safer for both student and instructor.Unless
your car is registered for Business purposes, you may not
have valid insurance if there was an accident during paid
driving lessons, as the car is being used for business
purposes. As private cars are not dual controlled I prefer
not to instruct in them.
11. Can I borrow the Able Driving School car for my driving
Driving School Cars
may be booked for driving tests providing you are considered
by me to be ready for your Driving Test.
must have covered all topics up to and including Turns at
Traffic Lights on their student record sheet and pass the
Able Road Tests before they can use an Able car for their
12. Where can I learn how to tow
& reverse? At
Able we have a 2008 model Mitsubishi Pajero Diesel
Automatic, fitted with dual controls and electric brakes. We
can teach you to tow Horse floats
(P2 licence required),
or Box trailers
(P1 licence required).
13. Should I teach my child to drive?
Ask yourself one
simple question "
Would I pass a driving test if I sat for one tomorrow?"
If your answer is
"no" are you going to be able to teach your child what they
need to know to become a safe and competent driver on our
14. How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?
This will vary
depending on the ability of the individual, however after
about six hour parents usually feel a lot safer and more
comfortable with their learner's driving ability.
15. What are the advantages of a two hour lesson?
$20.00 cheaper than 2 single hours you will also cover about
20% more than is achievable in two single hour lessons.
16. How do I know if I am ready for my RTA driving test?
Able will give
you an Able Road Test which will access your driving
ability. If you can pass this test I would consider you
ready to attempt the RTA Driving Test.
17. What would you teach me that I don't already know
because I've had a lot of experience driving on a farm?
On the farm you
have learnt how to dodge the trees, sheep and stop before
running into the gate or fence. You now need to develop your
skills so you can avoid the unpredictable drivers who you
will share the road with. You have possibly developed
numerous poor driving habits that will need to be corrected
before you will pass a driving test.
18. Can I get a workers license before I am 17 years of age?
No- RTA advised
me that these licences are no longer issued.